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Elle VanConia Due on 3/31 1. Cleanthes compares the universe to a machine. He says that these machines can be broken down into subdivisions so small that we cannot even explain them. The way all these minute parts work together in such a perfect way is ravishing to anyone who has contemplated this. Cleanthes says these subdivisions in nature are too complicated to be human made, and are past our intelligence. He says that the author of nature is similar to man; however, the proportion of his work is much greater. Cleanthes says this proves the existence of God as well as God’s similarity to man. 2. Philo argues that some of Cleanthes’ claim relies on a guess. You cannot be sure that a house is to an architect as the universe is to a deity. Philo says that by using Cleanthes’ method of reasoning you renounce all claims to infinity in God’s attributes, by making
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Unformatted text preview: God similar to humans we weaken the proofs of his existence. Another objection raised by Philo is that Cleanthes doesnt have reason for ascribing God with perfection; we have no way of telling if nature is perfect and deserving of praise. Also, Philo asks how Cleanthes can prove from his argument that there is only one God. If multiple men work together to create these machines Cleanthes speaks of, then it could seem that several gods combined in creating the world. Furthermore, Philo states that if male and female reproduce by generation, why have the deities been excluded from this. Im not sure, but I think Philo is saying that it doesnt make sense that Deities have been associated with human features if they dont regenerate....
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 105 taught by Professor Heter during the Spring '08 term at Saint Louis.

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